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It's time for cleaning with meaning

In the world of Fairtrade there is always room for innovation - whether that is developing new products which become Fairtrade firsts, or bringing new groups of farmers into the Fairtrade family, guaranteeing fair prices and a Fairtrade premium for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

2015 a year of the Sustainable Development Goals

For me, January brings with it the annual disappointment of breaking my new year’s resolutions. 

How do luxury and ethics comfortably share a bed

Even if your personal ethics are important to you, it can still be difficult to stick with them in your business life. It becomes even more tricky when working with luxury goods but paradoxically more important. 

To change the world we need to change the way we do business

Imagine a baby girl born in Kenya today - let's call her Afia - what changes and challenges will she face in her lifetime? When we think about the Global Goals, we should remember the real human stories that lie behind them.  

There is a story behind every bottle of Fairtrade wine

A report on Fairtrade wine published this month by The Co-operative Food couldn’t have come out at a better time. Sales of Fairtrade wine have this year hit an all-time high, reaching almost 30 m bottles a year globally. Last year, in the UK alone, a record 22.2m litres were sold (worth £27.5m), generating vital impacts for grape growing communities across Africa, and Latin and Central America.

The end of the dialogue of the deaf?

One of the fault lines in the debate about trade and development has been whether trickle-down works well enough. 

Kenyan small farmers bearing the brunt of climate change

Smallholders in developing countries are amongst the worst affected by climate change – how are they coping and what do they expect from world leaders at the COP? Victor Biwot reflects on climate change affecting Kenyan farmers as he visits this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), as part of the Fairtrade delegation.  

Lemonaid and Charitea on how drinking helps

Unsatisfied by the production of conventional beverages, in 2008 a group of three friends set out to challenge the drinks industry. Germany’s popular Fairtrade brands Lemonaid and ChariTea have recently hit the shelves in the UK and this is their story.

Sugar cane was once called Swazi gold

Interview with Dumisani Matsenjwa, Farmer and Secretary of Maphobeni Farmers Association.